There is a special kind of excitement of having a one-of-a-kind piece in your home. Just knowing that your item is the only one in the world gives it a charm all its own.
Now is your chance to experience the uniqueness of handmade items without paying museum prices. Circle your calendar Tuesday, April 10, for the Pottery Exhibit and Luncheon held by the Hammond Street Senior Center in 2 Hammond St., Bangor.
“We hope the public will come and view the exhibit that runs up till the luncheon,” said Mary Collins, development and communications director at HSSC. “They can buy the bowls and then have lunch served in them. There are 150 of these handcrafted bowls available, all made by members. We’ll be serving soups, chili, and other bowl-friendly culinary delights donated by popular local eateries and skilled volunteer cooks.”
And 100 percent of the proceeds go to support the HSSC and the activities for the 2,500 members. Lunch and a bowl to take home is such a great deal, not to mention supporting a worthy cause.
The exhibit showcases the well-honed skills of the members who were star students in the pottery classes and who spent months making the bowls to sell which raises money for the program for the incurred expenses such as stocking the studio and maintaining kilns
“We offer this luncheon and exhibit because it provides the community with an opportunity to support the center’s mission and to celebrate the work of local artists who are aging creatively, making pottery right under our roof,” said Collins. “It is incredible to see such creativity among the members, some who have never made pottery before.”
Making pottery is a specialty of member Henry Stupakowicz, 92, who has been active with HSSC for 12 years, and is somewhat of a master potter. His hands have been covered in clay for more than 30 years.
Stupakowicz was instrumental in getting the pottery class on the course schedule. Two small kilns were donated to HSSC but they were in disrepair. He got them working, ordered the parts to accommodate the firings and donated some of his own equipment to make the pottery department a reality.
Over the years, additional kilns and equipment has been added and Stupakowicz trained Charlie Taylor to be an instructor as well. The dynamic duo of pottery, Stupakowicz and Taylor, make many items for HSSC to sell in an effort to raise money.
“They are just amazing,” said Collins. “They’ll also do special orders for anyone who wants something as simple as a mug or as elaborate as entire set of dishes for eight.”
Recently a new face has been added to the pottery and art departments. Katie Miller, who has a degree in pottery and is a trained artist, is teaching classes.
“Katie, like all potters, has a very unique style with a tendency to organic type creations,” said Collins. “She does lots of flowers and leaves that type of thing — just beautiful items.”
For anyone interested, becoming a member of HSSC couldn’t be easier.
“We ask that potential members attend a short orientation to learn more about the activities and benefits,” said Collins. “At that time they will have the opportunity to meet the staff, other seniors, and tour the facility. We are very excited that our membership continues to expand with new member orientation and tour dates scheduled each month. And best of all, there is no cost for membership.”
For more information about the luncheon or Hammond Street Senior Center, call 262-5532, or visit www.hammondstreet.org and see all of the other opportunities for fun available at HSSC.
Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Email Higgins Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on EAAA, call 941-2865, toll-free 800-432-7812, email email@example.com or visit http://www.EAAA.org. TTY 992-0150.